Drawing for comic books

Course Dates: 03/03/20 - 07/04/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Stephen Marchant

Learn to develop the process of writing and drawing comic book pages and how to plan, create and draw comic book pages effectively. Plan a four page graphic story and complete one finished page on the course. Please note: This is not a computer based course but there will be limited access to computer equipment for tasks such as scanning and printing.


What is the course about?

Learn to develop the process of writing and drawing comic book pages and learn how to plan, create and draw comic book pages effectively. You will plan a 4 page graphic story and execute one finished page on the course.

What previous students liked about the course:
“The fact that there was an end product. I also loved the flexibility of the tutor to my, and others individual learning needs.”
“Good relaxing atmosphere, felt comfortable in group, teacher was encouraging and helpful. Boosted self-confidence.”
“It covered a lot in a short time. Positive relaxed atmosphere. Helpful tutor.”
“Receiving tips. Executing a mini-comic from start to finish.”
“Time to draft own work with feedback.”


What will we cover?

A full course outline will be given out at the first session.
- Character design
- Designing a comic page
- Drawing and Inking
- Lettering and speech balloons.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Plan a 4 page comic book.
- Plan and execute sketches for the comic book.
- Create characters and draw them so they can be recognised within different panels.
- Understand how to break a story down into a sequence of images
- Write, draw and ink one full page of the planned comic book.

What students have achieved on their course:
“I have learnt to relax a bot and simplify the process. I have found it is not as complicated as I thought it was.” HJ
“Complete 2 pages of comic. Chance to draft a short comic and experiment.” AG
“Learned how to condense material into clear visual narrative. Perspective. Tips, cartoonists ‘shorthand’ for visual elements.” MD
“Confidence – character creation – clearer story lines.” CC


What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is an introductory course but will also benefit those with experience in drawing comics, cartoons or storyboards at any level.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught using practical illustrated demonstrations, followed by practical exercises. The course will require you to draw a lot. In some circumstances you may be asked to finish an exercise in your own time, ready for the next class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your own pens (fineliner pens medium to thick), drawing pencils and sketch books. Other materials will be provided.

It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.) CDs/DVDs are available.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Develop your skills further with VK467 Drawing for graphic novels, VF502 Drawing caricatures and VK503 Create a children's picture book . You can also compliment your illustration skills with a range of courses in illustration, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Very enjoyable and informative course in a relaxed and supportive environment for all abilities.
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Review by Michele / (Posted on 26/03/2019)
A well thought out course delivered by an inspirational teacher who made learning fun and challenging at the same time. I started the course only being able to draw pin men, but ended up completing a graphic short a month after the course end, that is now on sale in three comic book shops in London and one in Edinburgh.
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Review by erinschoice / (Posted on 12/09/2016)
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Course Code: VK401

Tue, eve, 03 Mar - 07 Apr '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £229.00
Concession: £140.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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